Category Archives: Hive Calendar

November 4 Meeting – Lessons Learned & Annual Swap Meet

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Show & Tell, or Just Tell (Robert Clark) What improvements to beekeeping gear have you made or discovered this year? What good experiences did y0u have, what mistakes are you are willing to admit to? 2-3 minutes … Continue reading

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October 7 Meeting – Honey, American Foulbrood Revisited

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Honey (Robert Clark) Packaging, selling, judging, wax & candles; other hive products Each month, Robert presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. … Continue reading

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September 2 Meeting – Fall & Winter Management

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Fall & Winter Management (Robert Clark) Equipment, location, honey & pollen stores, ventilation & moisture. Each month, Robert presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond … Continue reading

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June 3 Meeting

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session, Q&A: Hive Checks and Supering, Nectar Flows, Nectar Sources, Pollen Sources & Collecting, Migratory Beekeeping (Robert Clark) Each month, long-time beekeeper Robert Clark presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic … Continue reading

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April 1 Meeting – Weather, Swarms, Packages & Small-Scale Queen Rearing

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session and Q&A (Robert Clark) – Weather problems & early nectar flows – Swarm management – Package installation Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark provides monthly topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with each 30-minute session divided … Continue reading

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Spring Reversals – Why and Why Not

As mentioned at the meeting – Walt Wright on why reversing may be doing the opposite of what you intend. http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/walt-wright/spring-reversal-not-good-management-for-all-areas/

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March 4 Meeting – Spring Management, Orchard Mason Bees

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session and Q&A (Robert Clark) Spring Management: – Honey and pollen vs. starvation – Feeding for survival – Feeding for stimulation 7:30-8:00 Tea Time and Announcements Raffle! Each person submitting 2014 membership dues will receive a ticket to … Continue reading

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Hive Calendar – July

The seasonal blackberry nectar flow is a prime example of the difference among microclimates in the maritime Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, the flow ended in the third week of June (June??). In North Bend, it’s just beginning. In both cases, … Continue reading

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Hive Calendar – May

Feed new colonies and monitor existing ones. New colonies should have ample sugar syrup or honey in frames. Warm weather came early this year. Especially in overwintered colonies, watch for signs of swarming: backfilling brood cells with honey, overcrowding, and … Continue reading

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Swarm Season Is Almost Here

It’s that time of year again folks. If you’re on the swarm list, have your swarm catching gear in order and be ready to take calls. If you’re not available to take swarms calls this season, take yourself off the … Continue reading

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